Hi! My name is Gavin and you are invited on my Ohio Plants journey this fall! I am a Forestry student at The Ohio State University, with a passion for ecology and an interest in forest health. Forest health (forest pathology) is the field of the forest sciences that deals with insects, fungi, and other pathogens that affect trees in natural and urban ecosystems. I currently work as a research assistant for the U.S. Forest Service at the Northern Research Station, studying natural resistance to the Emerald Ash Borer beetle in Fraxinus species, and to Beech Bark Disease in Fagus species.
My coat of arms includes a grafting knife, as I come from a long line of orchard and nurserymen, and enjoy horticultural escapades in my professional and personal lives. My quote speaks to my tendency to travel and hike – living in Columbus, the mountains often call to me. I originate in Plain Township, Stark County, Ohio (sounds exciting!), and my goals this semester are to become a better ecologist and horticulturist through learning about plants in their natural habitat and in the classroom.